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Jaime Herrera Beutler Helps Secure Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Provide Mental Health Resources and Other Southwest Washington Priorities

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Washington, D.C. , March 22, 2018 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler helped obtain funding for mental health resources, wildfire prevention, school safety measures, and efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in the spending package she voted for and the U.S. House approved today.
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler helped obtain funding for mental health resources, wildfire prevention, school safety measures, and efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in the spending package she voted for and the U.S. House approved today.

“From strong resources to confront the opioid epidemic harming communities across Southwest Washington, to fishery disaster relief on our coasts, to money for roads and infrastructure, this bill reflects the hard work we did all last year on the Appropriations Committee,” said Jaime. “I’m also pleased we passed a ‘fire borrowing’ fix so the Forest Service can be freed from having to raid its forest management budget to combat the devastating wildfires we’ve seen recently. 

“Also, the president should be applauded for his good faith proposals to fix DACA in this bill that also includes strong funding to continue the multi-year effort to secure our borders. For whatever reason, congressional Democrat negotiators rejected those offers to fix DACA, despite their agreement with the policy. Rather than solve this issue in a bipartisan fashion, it appears Democrats in D.C. have chosen to prioritize politics over DACA recipients, which is a shame but will not end my efforts to help Congress reach a comprehensive fix for our immigration system.”

Some of the wins Jaime helped secure for Southwest Washington: 

• Secure Rural Schools Act: Two-year funding for Secure Rural Schools Act to help alleviate the funding crisis in rural, former-timber dependent counties like Skamania who rely on these funds for schools, emergency services, and police response capabilities, roads, and other vital services
• Wildfire “Borrowing Fix”: Ends the Forest Service practice of fire-borrowing by establishing an emergency fund (over $2 billion a year through 2027) for use to combat wildfires
• Mental Health: Provides nearly $1 billion for mental health programs including Project AWARE Grants, which promote youth mental health awareness and resources for schools; increases funds for Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and provides continued funding for Mental and Behavioral Health Training Grants and Children's Mental Health Services
• Fishery Disasters: Allocates $20 million to assist with fishery disasters
• Opioids: Provides nearly $4 billion – the largest allotment to date – to combat the opioid epidemic that has devastated communities across Southwest Washington and the country
• School Safety: Provides over $2 billion in new funding for mental health, training, and school safety efforts to keep our students and schools safe
• Military Pay Raise: Gave members of the military a 2.4% pay raise, their largest raise in eight years 
• Veterans: Provides $81.5 billion for the VA to provide necessary medical care to veterans 
• Infrastructure: Authorizes $21 billion to improve our nation’s crumbling infrastructure
• Strengthens the Existing Background Check System that Blocks Felons from Unlawfully Purchasing Guns: Fully funds the Fix NICS (National Instant Criminal Background System) Act which ensures authorities comply with existing laws and closes gaps in the NCIS reporting and penalizes federal agencies that fail to report records
• Postpartum Depression: Authorizes $5 million for screening and treatment of postpartum depression
• Suicide Prevention: Provides $30 million for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and $7 million for GLS Youth Suicide Prevention Campus Grants
• Border Security: Provides $1.7 billion to secure the southern border

The omnibus spending package will now head to the U.S. Senate for final passage before heading to the president’s desk for a signature. 
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